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A Shared History: Conversations on the Slavery Past in the Present

The symposium A Shared History: Conversations on the Slavery Past in the Present was a daylong event which brings together diverse stakeholders including academics, artists, activists as well communities of interest.

Through lectures, workshops, conversations and performances, the following questions were adressed:
  • How do we make the slavery past a common past?
  • What are the afterlives/ legacies of the slavery past in contemporary Dutch Society? Can we even speak of legacies?
  • Apology! Yes, No, Why?
  • What relationship exists between the reparation of historical wrongs and the building of more equitable presents and futures?
  • What is the state of public knowledge about the slavery past? What role do educational and cultural institutions play in knowledge production, healing or silencing of the past?

For more information and photos of this event, see the Event Page.

Watch the Aftermovie [00:35]:


Watch Catherine Hall - The Past in the Present: Legacies of Colonial Slavery [16:32]:

For more videos from the event, see Gedeelde Geschiedenis on the Tropenmusem YouTube playlist

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Wayne Modest
Head Research Center for Material Culture
Amal Alhaag
Programming Research Center for Material Culture